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U.S. Senator Jack Reed is defending his support for President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. The Democrat says the deal will stall  nuclear buildup, and solidify the U.S. as  major figure in international diplomacy.

"I think we have a much stronger voice in the international community if we decide we must take action," said Reed. "If we are seen as the ones that walked away from this arrangement, I think the Iranians would complain that they were victimized."

Following the announcement that Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators – Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse – would support the Iran Nuclear Deal, reaction within the state’s Jewish community has been mixed.

Officials with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island say they’ve talked with Whitehouse and Reed over the last several years about the agreement.

Alliance spokesman Marty Cooper says now that Reed and Whitehouse have announced their support members feel there are still issues that need to be resolved.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, announced today that they will be supporting President Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement.

In a joint statement, Reed and Whitehouse said the agreement is the best way to ensure that Iran does not manufacture nuclear weapons.

Reed said he supports the deal, ``because it cuts off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon and gives international inspectors unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and supply chains.’’

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Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.  are introducing legislation that would repeal government subsidies that are given to large oil companies via large tax loopholes and tax breaks.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, have nominated Rhode Island’s top public defender, Mary McElroy, to the U.S. District Court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mary Lisi.

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U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the focus should be intelligence after a terrorist attack at an American gas company in France. The attack included an explosion that killed one person and injured about a dozen others.

"What you’re seeing are these lone wolf attacks," Reed said. "Very difficult to disrupt because there’s not a lot of hierarchical organization. It’s an individual one or two, who are self-radicalized in many cases."

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Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act means tax credits are still available for people who buy health insurance on the federal exchange.

Rhode Island set up its own exchange, HealthSource RI. And because of that, the ruling would not have affected the Ocean State either way. Rhode Islanders who qualify for subsidies to help pay for health insurance will continue to receive them.

President Obama scored a victory for his trade plan today when the U.S. Senate approved a measure that would give the president the authority to negotiate international deals, but he did it without help from Rhode Island two Democratic senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Reed and Whitehouse were on the losing end of a 60 to 37 Senate vote. Both Rhode Islanders cited concerns that trade deals hurt American workers. Thirteen Democrats joined with 47 Republicans to push the trade pact to a final vote, which is likely to occur tomorrow.

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Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) has introduced legislation to make the overdose antidote drug Narcan more widely available nationwide. The legislation would make funding available to community organizations to distribute the drug and provide training.  Reed says it does not address the cost of Narcan, which has more than doubled over the past few years.

If U.S. senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrats both, are searching for a fine candidate for the opening on U.S. District Court in Providence, federal magistrate Patricia Sullivan whould get top consideration.

Sullivan has the legal, academic and community service qualifications necessary for a federal judge. Sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio that she has applied for the post, which is vacant due to the retirement of U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi.

Erin Donovan-Boyle has been appointed the executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.

Donovan-Boyle, who is currently outreach director for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, has had a stellar career in Rhode Island public affairs and political circles. A former vice-president of the Mayforth Group, Donovan-Boyle has also served as executive director of Ocean State Tall Ships and as campaign manager for former Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.

Doyle will take over at the chamber on June 15, succeeding executive director Jody J. Sullivan, who is retiring.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank will begin delivering boxes of food to low-income seniors. That’s thanks to the expansion of a federal program for seniors in need, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Boxes of canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, pasta and other items will be delivered to low income elderly Rhode Islanders starting this summer. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) helped secure federal funding to bring the US Department of Agriculture nutrition program for poor seniors to Rhode Island and six other states.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, were both on the winning side as President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats derailed one of the president’s top priorities, voting to hold up so-called fast track trade authority unless other provisions designed to protect American jobs are included in the legislation.

The chairman of the nation endowment for the humanities visits Rhode Island today. Chairman William Adams will be announcing more than one-hundred thousand dollars in grants for the state. The grants are going to 14 different community organization around the state, including, Water Fire, RiverzEdge a youth arts program in Woonsocket and the Little Compton Historical Society.

Elizabeth Francis is the director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

One of the highlights of the spring political calendar is Sen. Jack Reed’s Spring Breakfast . Held every year at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Reed’s hometown of Cranston, this family-friendly  event is back for its 26th straight year. Reed's breakfast usually draws a throng of 1,000 or more.

This year’s edition is scheduled for April 19 from 10 a.m. until noon, according to the R.I. Democratic Party’s web site. Individual tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 401-277-2014. Reservations can be made at Julie@JackReed2014.com

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